Before becoming a stay at home mom I was a technology teacher for a middle school in my neighborhood. We were a 1:1 school meaning that each kid had their own laptop to use at school. The very first lessons I taught my students were how to use the computer and Internet safely. I also sent out materials to parents to help them monitor their children at home.
Now that my toddler is an iPad expert I have to become that parent that has to monitor what her child is doing. I make sure that every app that is on her iPad is age appropriate and that the settings on each app is set to not share any information. When she is on Netflix she is only allowed to use the kids setting and she can only use YouTube when I am actively monitoring her.
The National PTA and LifeLock have partnered to share awesome ways that families can create an open conversation about positive and safe decisions when using digital devices. By teaching children the positive ways they can use digital devices it will help them make good choices when they are connected.
The #ShareAwesome campaign teaches parents how to have conversations with their children in ways that are natural so that they don't feel scared about it or nagged. They want to build an understanding between the parents and students so that they can practice safe skills whenever they are using a device, app or networking site both offline and online.
The ShareAwesome website gives tips and information on how to make these lessons fun and celebratory where children, tweens, teens and adults can all understand the same thing. They have sections for home and school, and parents and students. As soon as I visited the site I took the parents quiz and learned some tips on how I could improve on my safety lessons with my daughter.
“Snap a photo of an awesome moment in your day and share it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the #ShareAwesome hashtag!
Students who enter the #ShareAwesome contest between September 15 – November 30, 2014 will have a chance to win fantastic prizes, including tablets and a $2,500 scholarship!”
How do you teach your children to use digital devices safely both online and offline?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.